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Smart Meters Not Required in Maryland?

For now, Marylanders may request that utility companies defer installing smart meters.

Pending a final decision by the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC), customers may opt out of receiving smart meters.

In a small score for those against the installation of smart meters in their homes, the PSC decided Thursday that Marylanders may request utility companies defer the installation of smart meter devices in their homes or businesses.

Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) had previously announced plans to start in Anne Arundel County, starting in Pasadena.

"The [PSC]’s order is effective immediately and affects customers in the Baltimore Gas & Electric, Potomac Electric Power Company [Pepco] and Delmarva Power service territories," according to a PSC statement.

"Also, customers who already have smart meters installed, but do not wish to have one, may inform their utility in writing. The utility cannot activate those customers’ smart meter transmitters until the [PSC] issues its final decision on these issues," the statement added.

Still, the commission has "not reached any decision as to whether to permit the customers of the utilities in these cases to 'opt-out' of receiving a smart meter permanently, or, if so, what the terms of any possible future opt-out might include," the commission said.

Smart meters are devices that send information about household energy use to a power company via electromagnetic radiation. A smart meter replaces a traditional electricity meter, which a power company representative must visit every month to get a electricity usage reading.

Smart meters can make it easier for power companies to know about power outages, and the smart meters can help customers track how much energy they are using at different times of the day. But, many object to the electromagnetic radiation, and would prefer that such devices stay away from their homes and families, .

Christine May 28, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Smart meters emit microwave radiation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pacific Gas and Electric reported that up to 190,000 messages can be communicated via one smart meter in only 24 hours. In April, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine recommended against smart meters. It issued a position paper entitled, Electromagnetic and Radiofrequency Fields Effect on Human Health. According to the report, “Multiple studies correlate RF exposure with diseases such as cancer, neurological disease, reproductive disorders, immune dysfunction, and electromagnetic hypersensitivity." Smart meters raise privacy concerns. According to a February 2012 Congressional Research Service Report entitled Smart Meter: Privacy and Cybersecurity, the Department of Energy reported that by matching data with known appliance load signatures, smart meters will be able to reveal people’s daily schedules, their appliances and electronic equipment, and whether they use certain types of medical equipment. Utilities will have the data to discern the behavior of occupants in their home over a period of time.
Christine May 28, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Sign the petition opposed to the mandatory installation of wireless smart meters. http://www.change.org/petitions/we-say-no-to-wireless-smart-meters-in-the-state-of-maryland
mirawa May 29, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Glad to know the American Academy of Environmental Medicine is finally publicizing the dangers of smart meter technology. According to the Congressional Research Service, my air conditioner could reveal my 2:30 meeting with the top bean counter at the Flat Earth Society.
Traci M. Radice May 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM
The Amican Academy of Environmental Medicine issued a new position paper on smart meters. http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/23/4510648/american-academy-of-environmental.html#storylink=cpy
Traci M. Radice May 30, 2012 at 02:21 AM
http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/Intranet/sitesearch/Whats_new/Maryland%20PSC%20Issues%20Interim%20Order%20On%20Smart%20Meter%20Opt%20Outs.pdf see marylandsmartmeterawareness.org for more information
George Karadimas June 26, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Smart Meter Education in Video Format For your Viewing Pleasure. http://thepowerfilm.org/smartmetervideos/external-videos/taking-action/ Select the issue you want to learn about from the List On the Right side panel.
George Karadimas June 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
While the technocrats are fighting it out among themselves. We the "ratepayers" get stuck with antique technology before it even gets rolled out by BGE and Pepco Folks read the highlights below. This is from the horse's Mouth, that you can quote in your posts and expositions, and can not be blasted for being a "smart meter Kook"! And remember, all I wanted to do was to turn a light bulb on at night so I can see! Why does it have to be so complicated?? http://www.grid-net.com/smarter-grid "Mesh-based metering systems promise the barely adequate delivery of six-hour-old data to the utility and day-old data to their consumers. Furthermore, today’s Advanced Metering (AMI) and Demand Response (DR) applications are typically proprietary and stand-alone implementations, which makes them costly to integrate into the back office and even more difficult to coordinate in the field. Security is almost always an afterthought. Needless to say, this approach is ill-prepared and insufficient for the demands of an always-on smarter grid."
George Karadimas July 05, 2012 at 07:12 PM
"Why Smart Meters Might Be a Dumb Idea!" "Smart meters are supposed to help to give you more control over your energy use. But many experts doubt that you’ll ever see the electricity and cost savings that electric companies and smart-meter manufacturers tout." ......More>>> http://www.consumersdigest.com/special-reports/why-smart-meters-might-be-a-dumb-idea
Newth Morris July 12, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Will a smart meter tell BGE if you have lost power?
Newth Morris July 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Does the smart meter tell BGE if you have lost power??
Traci M. Radice July 12, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Yes, allegedly, the meter will 'talk' to BGE several times a day (apparently pulsing harmful radiation) and therefore, it will notify BGE of outages. However, restoring power will not occur any faster.
George Karadimas July 12, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Yes the smart meter will stop responding! and BGE will know that power is out. The up side for the power outage is no more RF spread spectrum radiation from the smart meter beast. When power gets restored you can go back to your daily RF radiation dosage. Now the way to make UP the Lost RF daily dosage is to buy a walkie talkie about 5 watts, latch the transmit switch to the ON position and hold it close for good measure.
George Karadimas July 18, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Attention: Maryland residents that filed their opt-out with the Utility, but ended up getting a smart meter installed, contact Obi Linton "olinton@psc.state.md.us" at the PSC because it is a violation of Order #84926. And the PSC wants all order violations reported.
Traci M. Radice August 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Public Service Commission called an emergency hearing on Tues., Aug. 28th at 2pm to hear from the utilities as to their smart meter devices and their malfunctions, power surges, and fires. Any concerned citizen should plan to attend: William Donald Schaefer Tower 6 St. Paul St., 16th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 (410) 767-8000 MD Toll Free: 1-800-492-0474 Directions to the Commission http://webapp.psc.state.md.us/intranet/AboutUs/directions_new.cfm
Traci M. Radice September 09, 2012 at 03:18 AM
did you know that Smart Meters can cause fires??? http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48949032/ns/local_news-delaware_valley_pa_nj/t/puc-calls-meeting-peco-smart-meter-vendors/ Visit www.marylandsmartmeterawareness.org for more information and if you have had ANY power surges or other electricity issues since receiving a smart meter, please contact us immediately.

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